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. merrill newman, the man being held by north korea, is returning home. and there are many tributes for the south african leader nelson mandela. >> the american war veteran retained by north korea since october is due to arrive inwe'rt community where newman was ma wr thanksgiving, but he'll be home for the holidays. when he first made the trip to north korea he could not have imagined how difficult of a trip it would turn out. but now he'll return to the u.s. a great relief for his family. >> i'm very glad to be home. i'm appreciate the government to allow me to be on my way. >> i offered him a ride home but he pointed out there is a direct flight to san francisco, his home. i don't blame him. i would be on that flight, too. >> newman was a soldier in the korean war and his visit was a long-planned vacation down memory lane. but he was no order soldier. the north koreans released this confession, likely forced by newman, admitting his afill ways with the white tigers. for newman the war is history. but for north koreans, newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never sig
bastida. first, we have developing news tonight. meryl newman is on his way back to the united states. this is the 85-year-old palo alto man arriving in beijing just a few hours ago after being deported from north korea. a few days ago, north koreaen television aired an apology for newman who is a koreaen war veteran. we're told he will fly from beijing directly to san francisco. >> we will have more on that story in just a moment. first, rain is coming down all over the bay area and here is paul. >> it is heavy rain fall in many locations. it's a soaking rain fall from the south bay all the way north. you see pink and white below the banner there. that is the east bay hills south toward mount hamilton. we are picking up snow. look at all that yellow, orange for you in the santa cruz mountains. that's heavy rain fall. richmond, san ramon, concord, fair field, vacville, north all the way up to winters. also on the peninsula, burling game and hillsborrow. it is snowing heavily up and down our mountains here in california. so, we have a winter weather advisory in effect in the north ba
thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> korean war veteran merrill newman is finally a free man once again. there you saw him in china. he's looking forward to a long awaited reunion after more than a month in captive. they finally released the 85-year-old. his plane just landed. north korea held him for alleged hostile acts during the korean war. north korea released a video of him confessing to war crimes. hello, everybody. i'm in washington with a breaking news this hour. live at los angeles with the very latest upon his return and where we hope he will be speaking to reporters about his experience. dominick. >> yeah, absolutely. 42-day deal finally all over. let's show you the scene at san francisco airport at the international terminal there. the plane has literally just landed. apparently taxiing to the gate. eight minutes sooner than planned. he will come out of arrival toll at some point. he's got to go through immigration and get his bags. it could be a few minutes before we see him. just before he took off from beijing, we saw him in good condition. he was smiling. and he looked
newman has been frie freed after beingd bheldby north korea for a month. new dollarsman wags was te detaa sightseeing tour. melissa is live in san lan witht developmentses. developments. as you can imagine the family has been zpi distraught. the north korean's famously unpreictable. the u.s. state department had this statement. >> we are pleased that mr. newman has been allowed to depart from the dprk and rejoin his family zplmp. this positive decision shows the continuing detention of mr. bay who has been in dprk custody for over a year. the dprk the official name of north korea. vice president biden had comments about merle newman's release. >> it's a positive thing they have done they have mr. bay who has no reason to be held. he should be releaseddeded reley and wimmediately and we are goio tip to demand his release as well there is one ray of sunshine today that mr. newman will be reunited with his family. >> as i said he will be home for thforholidays. >> we'll get to kenneth bay in a second. do we have any information on why mr. new flman was held? >> we are learning that newman wa
're following for you. merrill newman is back with his family in the u.s. his six-week saga in north korea over. >>> south african mourners are holding vigils and memorials for nelson mandela continues. and this marijuana ingredient is bringing hundreds of families with epileptic children to colorado. >> we'll start with the legacy of nelson mandela. >> part of successful white government that kept nelson mandela in jail and then served for mandela. as u.s. ambassador and then foreign minister it was his task to defend the continued imprisonment of nelson mandela and other political opponent. but privately he long lobbied for mandela's release. >> i submitted a memorandum, due to the effect that mr. mandela ought to be released that we're bringing a bigger martyr of him every day he stays in prison, and that his international aclaim and status would be growing to an extent that we would not be able to hand it will any more. unfortunately, it continued on. >> here we have a man 27 years in prison. the day he was released he displayed the acumen and attitude of an american who has been a presiden
he was on holiday. >> 85-year-old merrill newman fought in the korean war and he was visiting as a tourism. pyongyang claimed he was a war criminal that killed civilians. united states. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the power the dprk has given for me to be on my way >> reporter: how do you feel now? >> i feel good >> reporter: what would i like to do first thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> vice president joe biden welcomed his relief but mentions that north korea is still holding another u.s. citizens. >> they have mr bay, who has no reason for being held in the north and should be released immediately. we are demanding his release as well. mr newman will return today and be reunited with his family. >> more from rob mcbride in beijing. >> merrill newman's release has come from delicate behind-the-scenes negotiations. he arrived in one flight from pyongyang, and is on his way to the west coast of america. he said little. he said he's pleased to be free and is looking forward to seeing his wife, obviously, and the american embassy here said that he
odyssey is over for merrill newman, back home with hisno carrierringring with the white tilers. for merrill newman the war was ancient history. for north korea, ever ready to fight american imperialists. merrill newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never signed a peace treaty, are techniy at war and as such his release likely required the personal approval of the country's leader kim jong un. why he let merrill newman go now remains a mystery. >> after merrill newman is home and has a rest, we'll have more to say about his unusual and difficult journey. for now, though, we ask you to allow us time to be with him as a family. we ask that you not forget another american, kenneth bae. >> he sentenced to prison. caught spreading the word of christianity - viewed as a greater threat than a soldier merrill newman. >> what is interesting about the situation is something revealing about releasing merrill newman. if you look at the two people, a soldier and missionary. after all merrill newman was a soldier fighting in the korean war and was probably responsible for the d
news. merrill newman, the 85-year-old palo alto man who was detained in north korea for six weeks, is right now on a plane headed to sfo. he will land in a couple of hours. we're live at sfo where a welcome home crowd continues to grow. >> reporter: that scheduled ?riet supposed to land at 8:58. we expect family to alive closer to that time. it's sure to be a warm welcome for the korean war veteran who has been away from his wife, family and friends for more than a month now. we have video of merrill newman in china last night on his way home. the ordeal started when merrill newman visited north korea in october. just as he was about to board a flight for china, he was detained on october 26 and charged with hostile acts against the state. the associated press says merrill newman served in a it top secret military unit that trained south koreans to sneak into north korea during the war. during his time in custody in north korea, they released a video of the veteran apologizing for his actions. the north korean government does have a history of coercesing statements from detainees.
to thank everyone who made this possible. >> newman is making his way back to the u.s. right now and the korean war vet is expected to arrive at sfo tomorrow. jean ellie has more on his release. >> he lives here at the channing house retirement center with his wife, his friend put up this yellow ribbon and tonight it can come down. no one inside the retirement center is commenting, but they are all smiles. newman is coming home. the mayor landed safely at the airport in beijing, china. they released the 85-year-old korean war veteran after holding him for more than a month, accusing him of crimes against north korea. a relieved newman told us he is grateful to head home to the bay area. >> glad to be on my way home. >> he appeared on state television, reading an apology for wartime crimes. newman served three years in the korean war, trained guerillas were feared in the north. officials took newman off an airplane on october 26th as he was leaving the country after a-day visit. his wife expressed concerns about her husband's heart condition. >> you don't know where your husband o
korea is on his way back to the united states. merrill newman departed beijing airport about 15 minutes ago, headed for his home in san francisco. he'd been held in north korea since late october. officials said they released newman on humanitarian grounds and for apologising for crimes committed during the korean war. he spoke to reporters before leaving beijing. >> i'm glad to be coming home. >> melissa chan has more. >> great news that merrill newman has been freed. you can well imagine how distraught his family has been. he's missed thanksgiving, but will be home in time for the holidays. we hear that merrill newman was part of a special unit called the white tigers. military intelligence stole secrets - we didn't know about the group until the 1990s. so from the north korean perspective they consider merrill newman, even though he's advanced in age, a serious enemy. from the north korean perspective and because of their propaganda they believe they are in imminent danger from an attack by the united states, they never sooned a peace treaty with america and believe in the threat fro
korea fore than a month... this is merrill newman heading into the bei airport... after it was announced that north korea d released him. newman is a kn war veteran... who was on a tourist trip when he was tan into custody. we'll have mon the plans to bring him home. coming up. good evening i'm juliette goodrich in for elizabeth c and i'm ken bastida. and new video out of castro valley. a water main break is wreaking havoc in one neighborhood tonight -- near seven hills road and santa a avenue. thousands of gallons of water gushed dowe street and into people's ho. firefighters set up wood pa to try and protect this hou. as water spewed onto the la. one resident was forced outo the pouring rain... because house is now filled with wa "we were just in our livingm and just heard this rushing thought it was pouring rainr something was happening." "the whole backroom is floo our whole backyard is flood. its a mess." an alameda county fire truc the scene actually needed se at the scene actually needed some rescuing, too... aftert fell into the sink hole cre by the water main break. it's not cle
government saying merrill newman, a korean war vet with a heart condition was released for humanitarian reasons. nbc's mike taibbi is in palo alto with more porous. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the north korean officers say they deported merrill newman, others say he was freed after a detention that never should have happened. the ex-marine for a trip that lasted much longer than it should have is home. it happened quickly without any prior announcement, the flight from pyongyang to beijing, and merrill newman finally able to speak freely >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. >> reporter: and then after a direct flight to san francisco, american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming and i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now and thank you all for the support we got, and very much appreciated. >> reporter: newman had visited north korea on an organized tour but was pulled off his homebound flight october 26th minutes before takeoff and held without explanation but the elderly man who had raised a family and spent a career in corporate fitne finance had
agents of the communist regime pulled him off his return flight. the government claimed newman killed the north koreans from 1950 to 1953. the north korean state controlled televion saw him reading from an apparent confession. >> it attacked the communication system and killed three innocent operators and delayed the munition supply using explosives. >> his son in pasadena says he is delighted about the announcement. >> as you can imagine this is a difficult ordeal for us as a family and particularly for him. >> the detention came as tensions remain high on the korean peninsula. the north has toned down the hostile rete rhetoric when it threaten 10ed to launch the nuclear warheads. >> they say newman was released because he apologized for his crimes and because of his age and medical condition. >>> vice president biden who was in south korea praised newman's released and asked if he wanted to fly home in style. >> i of offered him a ride home on air force 2, but without a direct flight to san francisco, i don't blame him. i would be on that flight too. >> newman is expected to board t
, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >> merrill newman's spoke to his son briefly. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> he was accused of hostile acts. last week television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on th
. >> that is u.s. war veteran merrill newman, happily back on american soil after being released finally by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist was detained by the communist country for more than six grueling weeks for his alleged crimes during the korean war 60 years ago. now merrill newman is home for the holidays. we're live in los angeles with more. >> reporter: home in time for the holidays, greg. his family had hoped to be in time for thanksgiving but after we saw that video of him confessing to these crimes the koreans accused him after a week ago there was an indication that perhaps they would see him before christmas. that's certainly the result we saw today. scenes of joy in san francisco airport where he landed. he didn't give too much detail of how the koreans treated him. he justt the food had been healthy, no other details forthcoming. perhaps we'll get them later. this is how he described the diplomatic effort that was undertaken to get him released. take a listen, greg. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy and the american embassy in beijing for
, fred. >>> merrill newman, 85-year-old american captured and locked up by north korean authorities earlier this fall is now home on u.s. soil. accused of alleged crimes during his time fighting in the korean war, north korea detained newman for six weeks. the u.s. war vet was mysteriously released, however, overnight. north korea state media say it's because of this video where newman appeared to apologize for his alleged crimes. jo joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon just outside newman's condominium complex. he was asked a number of questions when going through customs. he had a statement but he refused to answer questions. now where is he? >> well, first of all, he appears to be in good health and in good spirits. he has not made his way here to this retirement complex. apparently there is some alternative plans that were in place. the bottom line is he is home, he is safe, and this is what he had to say just a couple hours ago. apparently we do not have that sound for you. but mr. newman was somebody who was in the -- fought in the korean war. he served in an intelligen
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. and within the past 45 minutes, we heard from meryll newman's son. amber lee spoke when he will be reunited with his family. >> reporter: we heard that newman was on his way home to san francisco. less than an hour ago his son who's in los angeles had a huge smile on his face when he spoke about his father. >> we're absolutely delighted to confirm that meryll newman is on his way home after being released by the dprk. >> reporter: in palo alto at channing house they refused to speak to us on camera. but they were all smiles. >> i was very pleased. very pleased indeed. i don't know what it took to get him released but i'm very glad he's coming home. i'm sure his family is too. >> reporter: the north korean state news agency kcna reported that newman had been quote deported. and they reported that the government did it in a humanitarian standpoint because of the man's old age and condition. this is meryll newman in a video we brought you last friday. he read from a prepared statement. newman talks about what he did in north korea in his last trip. >> i asked my guide to help me look for their
captive in north korea. right now merrill newman is enjoying his freedom after his ordeal. he said he was tired but said he otherwise felt good. he was abruptly released without any official explanation, but a week ago north korea did release a video of newman reading what appeared to be a confession to war crimes. >> what more are we learning, dan? >> i can tell you, deborah, when he arrived, he was asked by reporters if he'd ever want to return to north korea and not surprisingly merrill newman said probably not. i can tell you here at his retirement complex, they have the yellow ribbons here to welcome him home. he has not come here, though, apparently he has some alternative arrangements in place. this is a man who is 85 years old, spent six weeks in north korea, essentially as a prisoner. it's not entirely clear, as you said, why the north korean government decided to let him go free. perhaps that on-air apology had something to do with it. this is what mr. newman had to say shortly after arriving into san francisco. >> good morning. i am delighted to be home. i want to thank the
than a month. merrill newman is on a flight home. how did all this happen? abc's gloria riviera is on the story. >> reporter: after 42 days in detention in north korea, merrill newman is on his way home. >> i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to be on my way. the 85-year-old korean war veteran traveled to north korea as a tourist, sightseeing for ten days, before officials from the communist regime of kim jong-un pulled him off his return flight. he was accused of committing hostile acts during the korean war. later, he appeared on television, apparently reading from a confession. newman's ordeal comes as tensions run high in the region. the secretive regime may have subdued nuclear threats for now, but refuses to step down completely. newman was released because he apologized for his crimes. his age and his medical condition. >> i think everyone who has made this possible and given us the opportunity to have merrill come home. >> reporter: in seoul, south korea, joe biden praised the release. but also called for the return of kenneth bae, held for more than a y
newman's grueling ordeal and his emotional trip back home. >> and the family of nelson mandela speaking out for the first time since the legendary leader's death. their emotional public statement coming up next. >> plus, we're marking 72 years since the attack on pearl harbor prp we'll have a live look at the memorial ceremonies and discuss how the lessons we learned that day still resonate as we fight the war on terror. >>> but first, a fox news alert on the release of a u.s. military veteran from north korea. this is video of 85-year-old merrill newman arriving back home in san francisco just a short time ago. he was released yesterday after being detained in north korea for more than a month. shortly before boarding a flight to the u.s., newman spoke with reporters about what he was most looking forward to upon returning home that he wanted to see his wife. now, live with more details. >> his wife, lee, was there, together with his son jeff, they were there to greet him at san francisco airport. he made a brief statement to the press, did merrill newman. he described it as a great ho
one month has been deported back to the united states. merrill newman is expected to arrive in, what, a couple of hours, mike. >> reporter: yes. i just confirmed with airport officials that he is expected to arrive around 9:00 on a united airlines flight coming from beijing. his son will be here to greet his father as he finally arrives back in states. he is 85 and from palo alto and has been held by the south korea an government since late october. before he was scheduled to leave, korean authorities detained him and held him for weeks. he is a korean war veteran and televised an apology for his part in the war. he briefly spoke to reporters on his way home at the beijing airport. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the -- so i can be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> i feel good. i feel good. >> what do you want to do first thing. >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: now, in a statement, north korea an officials say taking into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him, an apology made by him, the above said institution deported him from the c
, lester. >>> today's top story. the american veteran merrill newman will be home are his family in california in a matter of house. he has been held prison in north korea for weeks. late last night he was relieved and quickly began that trip home. ian williams is tracking the developments for us this morning from beijing. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. merrill newman is now a free man after north korea deported him on the first available fleight out of pyongyang. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has gave me to be on my way. >> reporter: he also said that he was particularly grateful to the north koreans for releasing him and he was looking forward to seeing his wife. the north koreans said they leaved him because of his age and also because of his ill health. he has a heart condition. they also said they were responding to his apology, his so-called apology. now, this was something that he did live on television a week or so ago. he wrote -- he read from a written confession. now, this appeared to be some
newman. authorities arrested him october 26th. last week north korea released a video claiming newman apologized for climb krooims committed during the korean war. >> newman belonged to a secret military group and aided guerrillas during the war. no word when he is returning in the united states but he is leaving north korea. >> good evening. >> we'll talk about the weather. the next wave of weather was enough moisture and freezing air to turn mountain tops white with snow. here you can see that snow has accumulated today along highway 29 where the plows have been dispatched there is more still to come. the cold front moves south. north, highway 101 has been closed because of snow and estimated time so far on when it might reopen. and here you can see the plates that forms on a windshield. here is video sent to you report showing how some species thrive in this weather. a humming bird taking a very cold shower. take a look at what's happening now with spencer christian. a new winter storm alert just issued. >> snow levels down to 1500 feet. sheer look at live doppler seven hd. you can
and the shared legacy with his own father. >>> let's begin this hour with merrill newman, an elderly u.s. war veteran dragged off a plane and then locked up in north korea and is now free after six weeks held without any real explanation. he was suddenly released overnight by the communist country. north korea calling it a, quote, deportation. joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon. he's at the airport in san francisco awaiting newman's arrival, about when he is expected to arrive, and this is some journey, isn't it? >> reporter: it really is, fredricka. and it's really important we remind our viewers of the nature of the situation. this is an 85-year-old with a heart condition who had been held in north korea since october, and no one knew what was going to happen to him until he was suddenly released by the government last night. he is expected to land in about an hour from now. behind me is where he would clear -- come out through customs and greet his friends and family, unless the state department has special provisions for him, which wouldn't be terribly surprising given the situat
, that will be the hardest area hit with ice. >> folks are going to have to be real careful. >>> all right, merrill newman, the 85-year-old american captured and locked up by north korean authorities earlier this fall is now back on u.s. soil accused of alleged crimes during his time fighting in the korean. the u.s. war vet was mysteriously released overnight. why? well, north korean state media says it's because of this video where newman appeared to apologize for his alleged crimes. joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon from palo alto. so has mr. newman made it home yet? >> he hasn't. he has not come home. apparently they have some alternative arrangements in place. he landed a couple hours ago at the san francisco international airport. he looked terrific. he seemed to be in good spirits. this is a guy who is 85 years old who had been in custody since the end of october and this is what he said just moments after landing. >> good morning. i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish i'm ba embassy in bong yaponyongyang a british embassy. i'm tired but i'm ready to be with my family now.
would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> newman was north korea on a tourist visa. he was taken off a plane in october. >> it's been two days since the death of nelson mandela and we're looking at live pictures from outside his home in johannesburg. people have been leaving flowers in memory of the former president. meanwhile in washington the embassy has a condolence book for mandela. it's available until 2 tuesday evening on madison avenue. they gathered to remember mandela's legacy. >> reporter: mourners sing hymns honoring the life and legacy of nelson mandela at the south african embassy. people signed condolence books that read friends and relatives. they say he had compassion for humanity and made a sacrificed for the oppressed. spending a quarter of his life in prison for fighting against the apartheid. >> that was an even time. >> reporter: she signed her name. she is visiting d.c. from south africa. >> to see and know and experience a man with such love and compassion that can come out of prison after 27 years without any hatred. >> she along with hundreds of
. >>> the american veteran detained in north korea is heading home. newman arrived last night night hours after his release. he is expected to land in his hometown of san francisco right around noon. newman was traveling on a tourist visa when he boarded the plane to return home, he was taken off the flight and accused of hostile acts. he spoke at the airport. >> i appreciate the tolerance that the government has given to me to be on my way. >> and how do you feel now? >> i feel good. >> ian williams is in beijing. how did newman's release come about? >> good morning, alex. joe biden was asked precisely that question while he was in south korea today where he's been looking at the north at the dmz. he said he played no direct role. and he said he had no idea why merrill was released today. north korea said the reason was because of his ill health and because of his age. they also said that he had apologized for his supposed crimes during the korean war. of course newman, we believe, trained south korean guerrillas. a week ago we saw him on television in the north reading what was described as a con
palo alto who has been held from in north korea is now released. it says newman entered the country to contact spice and terrorists whom he -- spies and terrorists whom he supposedly trained during the korean war. one week ago a video of newman reading an apology sparked hope he would be released. >>> here at home shaping up as another dangerously cold night but l now with moisture in the -- but now with moisture in the mix. snow already falling in some parts of north bay. with snow stick to the ground, street sleep -- sweepers were brought out to clear the snow. and in some cases the snow proved deadly. what health experts are saying about the deaths and when people are doing to keep the homeless safe. >> reporter: aned out blankets sudden -- and supplies here. other homeless people there were sad about the death and worried about themselves. >> it scares me because i'm going through the same cold. very freezey at night. i can't sleep. >> reporter: today the medical medical examiner says three men chid of conditions. no names releaseed. ehc expanded its three shelters to accommodat
deportivo en el paÍs desde octubre, newman que visitÓ el paÍs como turista, fue deportado por razones humanitarias haciendo que newman habÍa presentado su verdadero arrepentimiento. en un mensaje enviado al presidente sudafricano, el pontÍfice elogiÓ el compromiso de mandela por la dignidad humana,la paz, la reconciliaciÓn y la verdad. mandela tambiÉn dejÓ su huella en nueva york, ciudad que visitÓ despuÉs de haber sido liberado de la cÁrcel sudafricana donde estuvo preso por 27 aÑos, vemos cÓmo en la gran manzana rindieron tributo a madiba y cÓmo fue la visita en 1990. >> ustedes saben quiÉn soy yo? yo soy un yanqui. decÍa a un repleto estadio de ese equipo, era nueva york en 1990 que se volcÓ a las calles a recibir a nelson mandela, hoy en el teatro apolo, en harlem, lugar en el que visitÓ entonces, se le recuerdan con flores y mensajes, hasta las naciones unidas izÓ su bandera a media asta. una ciudad que visitÓ tres meses despuÉs de haber sido liberado de 27 aÑos de encarcelamiento. >> habÍa un mensaje de gracias, Él le dice a nueva york, ustedes fueron
, this top story. after more than six grueling weeks, u.s. war veteran merrill newman is back on american soil after being released by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist detained by the communist country for his alleged crimes during the cokorean war 60 year ago. >> glad you're with us. welcome to america's news headquarters. merrill newman's flight touching down a short time ago. you can listen to the release in his voice. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired but it was my family now -- and thank you all for the support we got. very much appreciate it. >> we have been covering this story. >> behind merrill newman there, you could see his wife lee and also his son jeff who had been appealing for his release. merrill himself looked in pretty good shape. he said he was tired but considering he's 85 years old and the ordeal he's been now, he looked like he's doing pretty well. one of the first things he wanted to say was really to thank the diplomatic effort that got him released. take a listen. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang an
to be -- we're just actually getting some breaking news in now. merrill newman, the 85-year-old american korean war vet who had been arrested in north korea, i'm told he's now -- he's been deported by north korea. so he's leaving -- if he hasn't left already, he's going to be leaving north korea, a major development and terrific news for his family. he had been forced to confess, read a confess written by the north koreans. we'll have more on that when we come back. every day we're working to be an even better company - and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment to america. bp supports nearly 250,000 jobs here. through all of our energy operations, we invest more in the u.s. than any other place in the world. in fact, we've invested over $55 billion here in the last five years - making bp america's largest energy investor. our commitment has never been stronger. on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans realize they can save hundreds of dollars. cvs/pha
, the palo alto veteran held captive in north korea is on his way home right now. newman was held for more than a month and last night he was deported from north korea. here's the latest. >> reporter: merrill newman is on his way home from north korea after a month. >> i appreciate the tolerance of the dpprk government for me to be on my way. >> reporter: the 85-year-old palo alto man completed a 10-day tour of the north and agents of the communist regime pulled him off his return flight. the pyongyang government claimed he killed north koreans in the korean war 1950 to 1953. north korean state-controlled television showed him reading from an apparent confession. >> collected information of the kpa and attacked communication system and killed three innocent operators, delayed the munition supply using explosives. >> reporter: his son says he's absolutely dlooigted about the announcement. >> as you can imagine, this is a very difficult ordeal for us as a family and particularly for him. >> reporter: his detention as tensions are high in the korean peninsula although the north recently toned
>> he's spent a month in north korea as an accused war criminal. now bay area veteran merril newman is reportedly on his way home. >> and the icy weather tightens its grip on the bay area, it's freezing. and i'm very cold and now rain is coming down. kron four meteorologist is >> in san jose, freezing temperatures claim the lives of four homeless people. to lose that many in one night. it's horrible. new measures in place to protect those who have no >> bad weather also a factor in idaho, where the search for a south bay man and his family has been suspended. i'm dale, and this is my family. dale smith of san jose was at the controls of his private plane when it disappeared on sunday. tonight a look at his video tribute to his love of flying. clear! malignedand a suspected cat killer under arrest. police say this man grabbed two cats out the arms of a san francisco woman and tossed then into the bay. now he is facing animal cruelty charges, >> developing news tonight. the palo alto man who's been held in north korea for more than a month. is coming home. north korea has finally rele
release an 85- year-old california man held in state custody the past five weeks. merrill newman was taken into custody while on a 10 day tour of the country. north korea said newman committed hostile acts during the korean war. days ago they released this video of him where it appeared he was reading from a prepared apology statement. north korea says it has now released newman as a humanitarian gesture. >>> police in mexico were questioning six men to see if they are the ones who stole a truck carrying radioactive cobalt 60. all six tested negative for radiation exposure. the cobalt 60 had been used in hospital equipment. a truck was hauling it to a waste center outside mexico city. police found the empty truck wednesday and soon after found the radioactive pellets in a field about 1/2 nile away. police do not think the thieves -- mile away. police do not think the thieves knew they were dealing with dangerous cargo. >>> the white house decided to grant legal protection to the big wind farms, the ones with the giant turbines. sometimes they accidentally kill or injure bald or golden eagl
north korea state news agency announced the country deported merrill newman. authorities arrested him october 26th. last week north korea released a video claiming newman apologized for climb krooims committed during the korean war. >> newman belonged to a secret military group and aided guerrill during the war. no word when he is returning in the united states but he is leaving north korea. >> good evening. >> we'll talk about the weather. the next wave of weather was enough moisture and freezing air to turn mountain tops white with snow. here you can see that snow has accumulated today along highway 29 where the plows have been dispatched there is more still to come. the cold front moves south. north, highway 101 has been closed because of snow and estimated time so far on when it might reopen. and here you can see the plates that forms on a windshield. here is video sent to you report showing how some species thrive in this weather. a humming bird taking a very cold shower. take a look at what's happening now with spencer christian. a new winter storm alert
85-year-old u.s. war veteran merrill newman is set to arrive any moment. newman was pull fred a plane in october for alleged possible act during the korean war. we'll have the latest on his homecoming at the top of the hour. >>> cold weather in the wake of deadly winter storm still causing major winter problems in the midwest, trying to clear ice off the roadways. what's worse is a second storm is now moving in from the west. that could spell big trouble for the east coast tomorrow. >>> on tuesday, secretary of state don cherry is preparing questions for members of congress over the new iran bill. more on these and the rest of your top stories. coming up at the top of the hour, less than ten minutes away. stay with us. >>> 11-year-old madison root from oregon giving a lesson about makers versus takers this holiday season. let's let her explain what happened. >> i was selling my mistletoe downtown next to skid more fountain for my braces. then a park patrol officer approached us and he said that we could not sell mistletoe within 250 feet of the park. we asked him about the people next
in north korea since october, is now on his way home. >> right now, merrill newman is on a flight to san francisco. seth dome reports from beijing. >> reporter: freedom after 43 days. merrill newman arrived at beijing's airport today after a flight from north korea. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home and i appreciate the tolerance that dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> first thing, what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: at the newman family home in pasadena california his son said the family briefly spoke with him while he was in beijing. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> reporter: newman, a u.s. special forces soldier during the korean war more than 60 years ago, had returned to north korea as a tourist in october. he sought closure, according to family members. when he was about to deport on october 26th, he was pulled off of a plane and detained. then, in november, newman appeared reading an apparently forced apology where he acknowledged alleged crimes against the north
. >> alexandra, thanks for that. >>. >> it will be quite a party when merrill newman's team touches down in san francisco. north korea freed the 85-year-old veteran last night after holding him for more than a month. authorities pulled him away from his organized tour group on october 26th and accused him of hostile acts. newman served in the korean war. north korean media recently aired what it called newman's apology. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance that dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what do you want to do, first thing? >> first thing, what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> i'm sure she's glad to hear that. that was not the apology. that's newman at an airport in beijing on his route back to california. also, another american, kenneth b bae, held in north korea for about 13 months. his relatives released a statement. here's part of it. they're hoping for a joyous reunion this holiday season. >>> and saying farewell to a man that many call a moral giant, a figure for the
.s. military veteran held captive in north koresince late october. 85-year-old merrill newman arriving at san francisco airport earlier today. by the way, that was after turning down a ride on air force 2 with vice president biden. speaking to reporters about being back on american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming. tired but ready to stay with my family now and thank you all for the support we got and very much appreciate it. >> we are following the story in los angeles. i have to say, he looks pretty good considering what he's gone through. >> absolutely. this is a 32-day ordeal. that's quite a lot for an 85-year-old guy to go through. he wouldn't say exactly how the north koreans had treated him. the only comment he gave us was the food was healthy. no other details. he was very much aware there had been heavy diplomatic efforts to get him released. something he acknowledged when he spoke to the press earlier. listen to this. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang and the american embassy in beijing for all their help. >> he'd been accused by the north koreans of cr
, part of his asian tour offered newman home a flight home on air force two but he newman declined. >>> and sitting in a korean jail after more than a year in captivity. >>> and new video this morning appearing to show two men stealing parts from the porsch porsche's paul walker died in. one of those men 18-year-old jamison witty, posted these photos bragging about the grab. in jail on $20,000 bond. the other man is expected to turn himself in soon. >>> taking a live look at south pfrica where the loss of nelson mandela continuiecontinues. president obama along with president bush and clinton will head to africa for the funeral. mandela died thursday at the age of 95 after a long battle with a lung infection. >>> the grammy nominations are out. justin timberlake and rapper jay-z lead the pack. song of the year, and best new artist is this man. performs at last night's nominations. ♪ say i never failed ♪ >> ooh! 17-year-old newcomer and bruno mars nominations. the 56 awards show airs january 26th. >>> you dancing along? >> shows you how out of touch i am with the kids. >> not me
says it has deported merill, newman, a veteran of the north korean war. newman has been held there since a visit to the region back on october 26th. now, there was video that surfaced of him making a confession about his involvement while he was in north korea during the korean war. pyongyang had accused newman of being a criminal and a mastermind of espionage. right now the newman family is not officially commenting on whether he has been released, but we are hearing both by "reuters" and the "associated press" that the 85-year-old palo alto man has been deported from north korea. >>> and new at 6:00 tonight, failing at crisis communications. a bay area expert says san jose state university is dropping the ball in communicating with the public about the racial tensions on campus. most of the president's communication over the past few weeks has been by e-mail. nbc bay area's damian trujillo is on the campus. one expert says the president needs to get in front of the cameras now. damian? >> reporter: well, you know, diane, this is the latest e-mail announcing the latest fact-
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